INDEPENDENCE — The city of Independence issued a press release Saturday afternoon detailing some of the measures it is taking in response COVID-19.

The city of Independence is committed to providing essential services while protecting employees' health. To accomplish those goals the city has made necessary changes to operations and facilities as follows.

The changes in this press release cover March 15th through March 21.

The city will continue to follow Governor Kate Brown’s direction and Oregon Health Authority guidance.

The city is requesting that the public conduct as much city business as possible over the phone, internet or email in lieu of coming into the building.

Most city business can be conducted this way.

Facility information

City Hall will remain open. Second and third floor city hall counter activities will be relocated to a central location.

Municipal Court trials set for March 18 remain as scheduled. Arraignments have been postponed to May. Information from the court for each case will follow.

Independence Police Department will remain open. The PD encourages the public to call in to report non-emergencies or when seeking general information from an officer, rather than coming into the building in person.

The city also is asking officers to take non-emergency reports over the phone rather than conducting home visits, if possible.

The non-emergency telephone number is 503-838- 1214.

The Independence Public Library will be closed to patrons, beginning Monday, March 16. The library meeting room will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily, beginning Wednesday, March 18.

All programs are cancelled.

Library staff will provide limited library material pick-up options at the library front doors beginning Wednesday, March 18. Online services, such as the library catalog, eResources, Library2Go books and digital books, and the video-streaming resources Kanopy will still be available to patrons wherever they have internet access.

The library will be closed for computer usage, printing, photocopying, browsing, studying, etc. Check the library’s website and Facebook page or call 503-838-1811 for more information.

Independence Heritage Museum is closed until further notice.

Event Center at City Hall is closed.

Utility Billing: There will be no further late charges, door-hanger notices and water shutoffs through the end of April.

Most public meetings are still scheduled. Check the city's webpage for closure information related to the COVID-19 on a regular basis.

The city will be applying social distancing recommendations and is currently evaluating options for teleconferencing.

City staff is constantly in contact with both local and state public health authorities and adjusting practices as direction changes.

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lyle

Thanks for this local news source...Concerning Corona Virus, I have to say that the empty shelves at our local Waremart store were surprising. On Friday the 13th I stopped by there and noticed that some of the staples were missing. I returned on Saturday morning to stock up on toilet paper and some extra food and was amazed that I was too late. My neighbors across the street were there too, looking at empty shelves, where there was once, toilet paper, water, beverages, cat food, canned food, etc. I went to the bulk section to buy some black beans, only to see an empty barrel and the same for other kinds of beans. I headed for the rice to see the same scenario. Reminded me of the past news videos I seen of the stores being emptied in Venezuela. Maybe we can trade and borrow from our neighbors like the good old days when we borrowed a cup of sugar.

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